Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

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In myriad ways, a number of Jewish area residents are getting set to take part in the inaugural festivities, either in the nation's capital -- where huge crowds and frigid temperatures are expected -- or much closer to home. "I don't care how cold it is. I won't even notice if it's cold or raining. There is just an awesomeness...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Though the day's forecasted high temperature hovered just above freezing, Jesse Breitbart donned shorts, insisting that being warm-hearted would ward off the cold temperatures -- well, that and the combined body heat of the 2,500 or so people who turned out in Love Park for a "We Stand With Israel" solidarity rally. Last week's gathering was the highest profile event...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
As the country prepares to welcome a president with a focus on community organizing and grass-roots activism, so, too, is Philadelphia ushering in its own new leader with a similar focus. Allison Pokras was recently named as the executive director of Operation Understanding, a local organization that offers leadership training for African-American and Jewish high-schoolers. Each year, the group selects...
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Phyllis Rubin, JE Feature
If they're playing Hava Nagilah, Tsena Tsena and selections from "Fiddler on the Roof" on saxophones, string bass and accordion, and all the men are dancing together, it's got to be a Jewish wedding, right? Could be, but if sequins, banjos and feathers are involved, it's most likely the Avalon String Band, performing right on Broad Street, New Year's Day...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the fighting erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Rabbi David Straus found himself in a quandary: how to deal with leading a group of more than 80 congregants on a trip through the Jewish state while the country was at war. Straus and his contingent from Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood were one of several...
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